Multisport Dilemma

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  1. 2012Cadet

    2012Cadet Member

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    During this upcoming spring season, I had planned on doing 2 sports: lacrosse and track. After talking with my lacrosse coach, I now realize this would be impossible to do due to scheduling conflict. This is where my dilemma comes in: I have already done track during my freshman year, was basically in the lower middle pack as far as competitiveness, but believe I can get better. I am guaranteed a letter if I stay on through senior year (ie. do track all 4 years), but am not if I don't and if I did do it again to letter I would have to be at almost the top of the pack. With lacrosse, this is my first year playing as it is a new sport to the school and I have no previous lacrosse experience. As such, I don't know how good I'll turn out yet but don't want it to turn into a waste like playing football did for me (ie. not getting in, not enjoying it anymore). Right now, I am also in the lower middle pack of the group in lacrosse but am pretty fast compared to most others, but have very poor endurance, which is why they probably want me at attackman. Also, for right now there is no lettering policy/plan for lacrosse, so the only thing I could show for it would be playing it and the slight (very slight) offchance they make me a team captain (not likely because there are many younger than me or the same age who are better or have more experience that would probably be selected)

    My question is...which sport should I go for? I think I might (emphasis on the might) like lacrosse better, but only if I get to get in a lot and have fun (unlike what happened in football) during practices and games. :confused:
     
  2. vampsoul

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    My sport (martial arts) is not school oriented, so I never got a varsity letter. however, I highlighted my accomplishments on my resume and had my coach write a letter of recommendation. My interviewers all took this to be equivalent to a varsity letter. When it comes down to it, decide which sport you enjoy doing more and COMMIT TO IT. Try and obtain a leadership position, as that is a main thing the academies and nomination boards look for. Remember, you will be spending a lot of time with your team and your sport, so just pick the one that you will enjoy doing the most.
     
  3. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Do the sport are more interested in without regard to "what it will look like" Doing **** just to "look good" on a college application is a bad way to live your life. I know someone who lived his entire four years of high school that way and honestly I think it is a waste. Choose the sport that you enjoy the most, and that will shine through in how much you improve. If you are quick and agile (but lack endurance) that can make you a great attack man. The biggest thing for you to work on will be your stick skills, especially at the beginning level. Stick skills can develop either quickly or slowly, it all depends on how much time you put in. You need to get on a wall every day and get excellent stick skills with both hands. I can NOT emphasize this enough. It doesn't even take much time, just like 30 or 45 minutes every day will make a huge difference between now and lacrosse season. If you are an excellent athlete, great stick skills will make you an awesome player. If you are not extremely athletic, you can still be a great player by having excellent stick skills and by being a smart player and knowing the game very well (i.e. feeding people, setting others up for goals, executing plays, executing the offense) If you love running track, than do that and get out there and go running every day. If you love to lax, then get your stick and get out on the wall every day. (If you dont have a decent wall, you can buy one of those trampoline like wall things) Choose something you like and put all your effort into it, and you will be satisfied with the results, I promise. :thumb:
     
  4. NROTC-Hopeful

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    Actually, if you are new to the sport, they will probably put you at Defensive Short stick middie, or give you a pole and put you at defense because those positions do not need the emphasis on stick skills.

    Attack usually have the best stick handling skills on the team; kids that can go BOTH left and right if need be.

    As for your endurance problem, EVERY position requires strong endurance and a lot of running, except Goalie. But goalie is not the most enjoyable position when at the high school level the players can snipe the ball at speeds anywhere from 75 to 100 MPH.

    And as for your dilemma, I think doing track will be better for you because you already know how it works because you did freshmen year and you're guaranteed to run at events.
    Lacrosse is similar to soccer with sub ins, basically during a competitive game only 1st line and 2nd line middies will get to play along with the starting attack, starting d-poles, and starting goalie. Unless of course you want to be a FO-GO, then you will receive a little glory after each goal.

    Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010

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